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This chapter surveys the economics literature on wireless communications. Wireless communications and the economic goods and services that utilise it have some special characteristics that have motivated specialised studies. First, wireless communications relies on a scarce resource rights for which were traditionally vested with the state. In order to foster the development of wireless communications (including telephony and broadcasting) those assets were privatised. Second, use of spectrum for wireless communications required the development of key complementary technologies; especially those that allowed higher frequencies to be utilised more efficiently. Finally, because of its special nature, the efficient use of spectrum required the coordinated development of standards. Those standards in turn played a critical role in the diffusion of technologies that relied on spectrum use.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number archive-45.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Publication status: published as Chapter 7 in Handbook of Telecommunications Economics Volume 2: Technology Evolution and the Internet, eds Sumit K. Majumdar, Ingo Vogelsang and Martin E. Cave, Elsevier, Amsterdam The Netherlands, pp. 243-285, 2005.
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